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Young Girl Writes Heartbreaking Note to Her Dog
Young Girl Writes Heartbreaking Note to Her Dog's Future Family: 'He Loves Cuddles'

"Rhino is a good dog and he loves cuddles [...] Please tell Rhino that I love and miss him every night," the note reads.

Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul
Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul

By Isabel Coles and Maher Chmaytelli SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city. Since ousting the militant group from eastern Mosul last month, Iraqi forces have advanced in sparsely populated outlying areas but fighting will intensify as they near the teeming inner city of western Mosul and the risk to roughly 750,000 civilians there will rise. The U.S. military commander in Iraq has said he believes U.S.-backed forces will retake both of IS's urban bastions -...

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's Mugabe praises Trump's 'America First' policy

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policy has an admirer in Zimbabwe's controversial president, who says the policy resonates with his own thinking.

It looks like Samsung
It looks like Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is coming back from the dead

A few weeks ago, Samsung finally explained what caused the Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions that killed the highly praised phablet soon after it started selling in stores. But the company never said what it planned to do with the huge pile of brand new and briefly used Galaxy Note 7 units that it collected from all over the world when it recalled the failed phone. Unconfirmed reports said that Korean giant might consider reselling a refurbished Galaxy Note 7 after it fixes whatever caused the batteries to catch fire. Now, a fresh rumor out of Asia claims the same thing, potentially revealing more details about Samsung's intentions. According to Hankyung, Samsung will replace the...

'Pokémon GO' Egg Hatch Chart For Gen 1, Gen 2 Pokémon

For Trainers who are still in the dark about the different Pokémon they can hatch from Eggs, here's a comprehensive chart for you to check out.

Trump supports free press but will call out false reports: Pence
Trump supports free press but will call out false reports: Pence

U.S. President Donald Trump believes in a free and independent press but he will not hesitate to point out flawed reporting, the U.S Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday. "Rest assured the president and I both strongly support a free and independent press but you can anticipate that the president and all of us will continue to call out the media when they play fast and loose with the facts," Pence told a news conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. "When the media gets it wrong, President Trump will take his case straight to the American people to set the record straight," he added.

Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monk
Scuffles at Thai temple as police hunt for monk

By Cod Satrusayang and Aukkaraporn Niyomyat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Monks and police scuffled on Monday at a Buddhist temple in Thailand where security forces are trying to arrest an influential former abbot on money-laundering charges. The standoff at the scandal-hit Dhammakaya Temple represents one of the biggest challenges to the authority of Thailand's junta since it took power in 2014. Police said they would try to avoid violence while threatening arrest for followers of the sprawling temple who have defied orders to leave and instead flocked there, hampering the search for 72-year-old Phra Dhammachayo.

Ukraine soldier killed in clashes despite ceasefire
Ukraine soldier killed in clashes despite ceasefire

One soldier has been killed and another wounded in eastern Ukraine, the army said Monday, as it accused rebels of breaking a new truce deal announced at the weekend. Ukraine's military spokesman Leonid Matyukhin said Russian-backed rebels had shelled his troops "on all fronts", resulting in one death and one injury over the past 24 hours. The fresh clashes cast a shadow over the new ceasefire deal announced after the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France held talks in Munich on Saturday.

A month of Trump, by the numbers
A month of Trump, by the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at some of Donald Trump's early activity as president:

Debt-saddled Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailout
Debt-saddled Mongolia agrees $5.5 bn IMF bailout

Mongolia has reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a $5.5 billion bailout package, officials announced, as the debt-wracked country tries to stabilise its economy. The landlocked north Asian nation has been hit hard by a more than 50 percent fall over the past five years in the price of copper, its main export. Billions of dollars' worth of natural resources lie buried beneath Mongolia's sprawling steppes, but development has been delayed for years and slowing growth in its biggest customer China has hobbled the economy.

China names and shames cities over smog controls
China names and shames cities over smog controls

China's environment ministry has named and shamed several cities in the north of the country for not doing enough to cope with smog, state news agency Xinhua reported. Large parts of northern China have been blanketed in choking smog this winter, defying repeated government efforts to tackle the problem. Pollution alerts are common in northern China, especially during bitterly cold winters when energy demand, much of it met by coal, soars.

J.K. Rowling has the best response to Trump
J.K. Rowling has the best response to Trump's non-existent Sweden attack

The internet can't get enough of President Donald Trump's "last night in Sweden" remarks, including, of course, J.K. Rowling. Never one to shy from a little fun at the expense of the U.S. president, the author joined in on Twitter's response to Trump's confusing reference to a terrorist attack that didn't actually happen. SEE ALSO: Internet turns to @Sweden on Twitter after Trump appears to invent terror attack Literally the biggest incident of Sweden last night was a horse called Biscuit being rescued from a well. https://t.co/CAYsHhpt6z - Grapey (@Grapeykins) February 19, 2017 #MakeBiscuitDryAgain https://t.co/C7rPpZrcNf - J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 19,...

The geekiest signs from the
The geekiest signs from the 'Stand up for Science' rally

At a rally full of scientists, things were bound to get a bit geeky. On Sunday, thousands scientists and supporters gathered in Boston's Copley Square to "stand up for science" under the Trump administration.  Their signs were, predictably, quite clever.  My favorite sign so far. #standupforscience pic.twitter.com/2pSlU5UPdz - Tomas Green (@TomasWGreen) February 19, 2017 I can't tell you how many older people have come up to me today to say, "I remember polio. Thank you." #standupforscience #AAASmtg pic.twitter.com/hrkIY3d5wh - Kathleen Bachynski (@bachyns) February 19, 2017 #standupforscience (and other essentials) pic.twitter.com/Hy1buB2IWY - Karin...

Ecuador in key vote for Latin American left
Ecuador in key vote for Latin American left

Ecuador voted Sunday in general elections that could see a pillar of the Latin American left swing to the right -- and potentially deprive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of his place of refuge in London. President Rafael Correa, who is not running, expressed confidence that his party's candidate, Lenin Moreno, would win in the first round. The polls clearly say the contrary," he said after casting his ballot at an elementary school in Quito.

Paul Advises Against Making Bolton National Security Adviser
Paul Advises Against Making Bolton National Security Adviser

The Kentucky senator says he fears if the former U.N. ambassador becomes part of the administration, the U.S. will wind up embroiled in more foreign wars.

How To Have Your Facebook Account Deleted Or Memorialized If You Die
How To Have Your Facebook Account Deleted Or Memorialized If You Die

A problem generations before you never had to worry about, your digital footprint becomes a major question mark after death. Here's what happens to your Facebook page when you die.

Expect more fake news from Russia, top NATO general says
Expect more fake news from Russia, top NATO general says

By Robin Emmott MUNICH (Reuters) - Russia was behind a false report of a rape by German soldiers in Lithuania that was intended to undermine support for NATO's new eastern force, a senior NATO general said on Saturday, warning Europe to expect more such "fake news". Petr Pavel, who heads NATO's military committee, said he also hoped to hold the first telephone call in more than two years with Russia's military chiefs in coming weeks.

Philippine Church in
Philippine Church in 'show of force' against drug killings

Thousands of Catholic faithful gathered in the Philippine capital on Saturday for a "show of force" in the biggest rally yet to stop extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war. More than 6,000 people have died since Duterte took office seven months ago and ordered an unprecedented crime war that has drawn global criticism for alleged human rights abuses, but is popular with many in the mainly Catholic country. Members of one of the nation's oldest and most powerful institutions chanted prayers and sang hymns as they marched to condemn a "spreading culture of violence".

Pence arrives in Germany for meetings with world leaders
Pence arrives in Germany for meetings with world leaders

MUNICH (AP) - Making his debut on the world stage, Vice President Mike Pence is looking to reassure skeptical allies in Europe about U.S. foreign policy under President Donald Trump, who has made his "America First" mantra a centerpiece of his new administration.

Is there really such a thing as an unlimited data plan?
Is there really such a thing as an unlimited data plan?

They say everything old will eventually be new again, and as of this week, all four major wireless carriers are once again offering "unlimited" data plans to their subscribers. AT&T was the last carrier to jump on board, sort of - the carrier has actually offered unlimited data for a while now, but that plan had previously only been available to customers who also subscribed to AT&T's DirecTV satellite television service. Now it's available to everyone, which means anyone can now get an unlimited data plan from any of the nation's top four wireless carriers. But, are these new "unlimited" plans truly unlimited? Earlier this week, we published a post covering all the...

Samsung chief Lee arrested in corruption investigation
Samsung chief Lee arrested in corruption investigation

By Hyunjoo Jin SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee was arrested on Friday, a South Korean court said, over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye. The Seoul Central District Court also rejected a request to issue an arrest warrant for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd President Park Sang-jin, who also heads the Korea Equestrian Federation. The 48-year-old Lee, Samsung's vice chairman, was taken into custody at the Seoul Detention Center, where he had awaited the court's decision following a day-long closed-door hearing that ended on Thursday evening.

US STOCKS-Dow Jones barely notches sixth straight record high close

The Dow Jones Industrial Average scored its sixth straight record high on Thursday, but just barely, while the S&P 500 edged lower due to declining energy stocks. It was a mixed day on wall Street as investors ...

President Trump holds a press conference to announce his new Secretary of Labor nominee
President Trump holds a press conference to announce his new Secretary of Labor nominee

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, President Trump holds a press conference in the White House East Room to announce his new Secretary of Labor pick now that his initial choice, Andrew Puzder, was forced to withdraw from consideration after it became apparent he would not receive the votes to be confirmed.

Auto union courts Tesla workers, amplifies
Auto union courts Tesla workers, amplifies 'buy American' message

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams said on Thursday the union is contacting workers at Silicon Valley electric car maker Tesla Inc , and plans to boost efforts to convince U.S. consumers not to buy vehicles built in other countries, including those sold by the Detroit automakers. The UAW leader also used a meeting with reporters to praise President Donald Trump for calling on companies to produce more products in the United States, and promising to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Facebook says Irish challenge to U.S. data transfers
Facebook says Irish challenge to U.S. data transfers 'deeply flawed'

By Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - Facebook said on Thursday a legal challenge against the way it transfers EU user data to the United States was "deeply flawed" and should not be referred to the EU's top court because ample privacy protections were already in place. The challenge by the Irish data regulator is the latest to question whether methods used by large tech firms such as Google and Apple to transfer data gives EU consumers sufficient protection from U.S. surveillance. The issue of data privacy came to the fore after revelations in 2013 from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden of mass U.S. surveillance caused political outrage in Europe Facebook...

US STOCKS-Wall Street rally loses steam as banks and energy weigh

Wall Street dipped on Thursday, weighed down by energy stocks as oil prices dropped and banks fell broadly for the first time in six days. Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JPMorgan and Citigroup weighed more ...

Canada
Canada's Sun Life sees benefits from Trump's pro-growth agenda

Sun Life Financial , expects to benefit from a more favorable interest rate and economic environment under new U.S. President Donald Trump, the chief executive of Canada's third-biggest insurer said. Shares in Sun Life have risen by 12 percent since Trump's election win Nov. 8 and a subsequent rise in interest rates. The stock has benefited from market expectations that pro-growth policies pursued by the new administration, such as a $1 trillion infrastructure spending program, will lead to higher employment and consumer spending and a return to a more inflationary environment following years of lackluster growth.

Letting countries leave euro zone would break ECB policy: Coeure
Letting countries leave euro zone would break ECB policy: Coeure

By Andreas Framke MAASTRICHT, The Netherlands (Reuters) - Giving countries the option to leave the euro zone would make it impossible for the European Central Bank to reach all corners of the union with its monetary policy, ECB director Benoit Coeure said on Thursday Speaking as eurosceptic voices in France and Italy grow louder, Coeure said granting this option would break the channel through which the ECB transmits its monetary policy to the economy, that is financial markets and the banking sector. "An exit option would create a permanent impairment of the transmission mechanism of monetary policy in the European monetary union," Coeure told an audience in the Dutch town of...

Girl, 7, Gets Letter From Google CEO
Girl, 7, Gets Letter From Google CEO

 "Dear Google Boss," Chloe Bridgewater, who lives in Hereford, England, started her letter.

Pro-Brexit economists urge UK to unilaterally scrap tariffs
Pro-Brexit economists urge UK to unilaterally scrap tariffs

By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Britain should be prepared to scrap all tariffs on imports unilaterally when it leaves the European Union to give consumers and the broader economy a boost, even if it hurts some businesses, economists who favour Brexit said on Thursday. Britain's government has said it wants to reach a free-trade agreement with the EU when it leaves the bloc, which is likely to happen in just over two years' time, and finance minister Philip Hammond has rejected any unilateral action by Britain. Britain currently enjoys tariff-free access to EU markets.

The dissonance between Vogue and Teen Vogue is finally too loud to ignore
The dissonance between Vogue and Teen Vogue is finally too loud to ignore

In the Trump era, Teen Vogue has become a rallying point of the resistance. But its big sister has ... not.  Vogue 's history of tone deafness got worse this week when it released photos from an upcoming fashion editorial featuring supermodel Karlie Kloss dressed as a geisha complete with yellowface.  You'd think most magazines would know better by now, then again, what is 2017 but a year of regression? If any of Vogue 's high-fashion competitors - Harper's Bazaar , W , or Town & Country , for example - had a similar lapse in judgment, the magazine would likely issue a statement and try to move on.  Then there's Teen Vogue. The teen magazine shares Vogue...

U.S. housing starts fall; building permits hit one-year high
U.S. housing starts fall; building permits hit one-year high

U.S. homebuilding fell in January as the construction of multi-family housing projects dropped, but upward revisions to the prior month's data and a jump in permits to a one-year high suggested the housing recovery remained on track. Other data on Thursday showed only a modest increase in the number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the labor market was continuing to tighten. Housing starts fell 2.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.25 million units last month, the Commerce Department said.

UK
UK 'reassured' by GM's plans for Vauxhall cars

Britain's economy minister Greg Clark said Thursday he was "reassured" by General Motors' plans for its European interests, including Britain's Vauxhall, amid talk of a takeover by France's PSA Group. "There is some way to go in discussions between GM and PSA but I was reassured by GM's intention, communicated to me, to build on the success of these operations rather than rationalise them," the minister said in a statement.

Cisco helps Wall Street extend streak of record highs
Cisco helps Wall Street extend streak of record highs

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks eked out enough gains at the open on Thursday for the Dow and the Nasdaq to hit all-time intraday highs for the sixth session in a row, helped by gains in technology and energy companies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 21.59 points, or 0.1 percent, at 20,633.45, the S&P 500 was up 1.4 points, or 0.06 percent,4 percent, at 2,350.65 and the Nasdaq Composite was up 8.30 points, or 0.14 percent, at 5,827.74.

Lockheed F-35 jet could cost as little as $80 million in future: Pentagon official
Lockheed F-35 jet could cost as little as $80 million in future: Pentagon official

(Reuters) - The cost of Lockheed Martin Corp's stealthy F-35 fighter jet could shrink to $80 million in future purchases according to the Department of Defense's head of the program.

Pharma group Shire produces top-of-the-range earnings

Pharmaceuticals group Shire (Hamburg: 3979575.HM - news) on Thursday said it was extremely optimistic about long-term growth after reporting a 12 percent rise in earnings for the past year in which it made its largest ever acquisition. Chief Executive Flemming Ornskov said Shire (Xetra: S7E.DE - news) had delivered record product sales and earnings in a year when it bought haemophilia drugs company Baxalta (Xetra: 9BX.DE - news) for $32 billion and launched a new medicine for dry eye disease. Total (LSE: 524773.L - news) product sales would rise to $14.5-14.8 billion this year, up from $10.9 billion, Shire said, and earnings per share would rise to $14.60-$15.20.

JPMorgan moving mortgages online to please paper-weary customers
JPMorgan moving mortgages online to please paper-weary customers

JPMorgan Chase & Co is gradually introducing a digital mortgage platform where customers can apply online and track applications by mobile phone. The tools will allow customers to submit and sign documents online and exchange messages with bank staff and real-estate agents so loans can close more quickly and easily, consumer mortgage chief Mike Weinbach said in an interview. "This platform will allow us to be where more of our customers are, which is online and on their phones," Weinbach said.

South Africa
South Africa's Woolworths banks on cosmetics as profit dips

By TJ Strydom JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African retailer Woolworths Holdings aims to double its share of the country's beauty products market in three years, its chief executive said, as the group reported a drop in half-year profit. South African retailers have struggled to grow earnings as weak economic growth and clothing markdowns by competitors hit sales, with Truworths International also reporting lower profits on Thursday. Woolworths, an upmarket retailer which sells mostly clothing and food in South Africa, has only a 3 percent market share in cosmetics but its Australian department store chain David Jones has a long relationship with beauty houses.

Wall Street to open lower as it navigates unchartered territory
Wall Street to open lower as it navigates unchartered territory

The rally was sparked a week back by President Donald Trump's vow of a 'phenomenal' tax announcement. Robust economic data has also been a boost, while bank stocks have risen on prospects of an upcoming interest rate hike.

China relaxes trading rules on stock index futures
China relaxes trading rules on stock index futures

By Samuel Shen and Nicholas Heath SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's securities regulator said late on Thursday it will relax certain rules on stock index futures trading as the government starts to gradually unwind restrictions imposed during the 2015 stock market crash. Starting on Friday, rules restricting "excessive trading" in stock index futures will be eased, doubling the previous daily cap of 10 contracts to 20. In addition, margin requirements and trading fees for the derivative trading will also be lowered.

World stocks ride to record high, dollar retreats
World stocks ride to record high, dollar retreats

By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks hit an all time high on Thursday as the latest round of robust global data matched hopes that major economies like the United States will soon be serving up large helpings of fiscal stimulus. MSCI's All Country World index, which spans 46 countries, notched the milestone as Wall Street hit its latest record and Asia and Europe consolidated the roughly 10 percent gains both have made since mid-December. There were surges in exports from Indonesia and Taiwan, falls in unemployment in Europe from Sweden to the Netherlands while stronger U.S. retail sales and inflation data on Wednesday came as Donald Trump again promised mass tax cuts.

South Africa
South Africa's Zuma says govt will act against banks accused of forex rigging

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma told parliament on Thursday the government would come down hard on the local banks accused in a report by the competition watchdog of rigging the rand currency. "This matter is still under investigation... government is ready to act against market abuse, price fixing and collusion in the private sector in order to protect our country's economy," Zuma said in a speech. (Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; Editing by James Macharia)

Lenovo targets profitable mobile division by year-end after third-quarter earnings drop
Lenovo targets profitable mobile division by year-end after third-quarter earnings drop

By Sijia Jiang HONG KONG (Reuters) - The mobile division of China's Lenovo Group Ltd is "on track" to return to profit by December at the earliest helped by strong growth in overseas markets, its chairman said on Thursday after the firm posted a 67 percent drop in quarterly earnings. Yang Yuanqing also dismissed the possibility of selling the struggling division to focus on the personal computer (PC) market where Lenovo is the world's biggest maker by shipments, as widely proposed by analysts and company watchers. "No, that is not my plan," Yang said in an interview.

U.S. weekly jobless claims rise less than expected
U.S. weekly jobless claims rise less than expected

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased less than expected last week, a sign that the labor market was continuing to tighten. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 239,000 for the week ended Feb. 11, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims have been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a strong labor market, for 102 consecutive weeks.

TransCanada posts better-than-expected profit
TransCanada posts better-than-expected profit

(Reuters) - TransCanada Corp , Canada's No. 2 pipeline operator, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strength in its U.S. and Mexican pipeline businesses. The company said earnings from its U.S. natural gas pipeline business rose more than four-fold to C$416 million, due to its $13 billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group in July. Earnings from its Mexico natural gas pipelines increased more than 155 percent in the quarter, TransCanada added. ...

Global stocks hit all-time high thanks to Donald Trump
Global stocks hit all-time high thanks to Donald Trump's promises and strong economic data

Global stocks scaled new all-time highs on Thursday, spurred by a double whammy of robust economic data and lingering confidence in the Trump administration's promises to cut taxes and roll back regulation. The MSCI's All Country World index, a common benchmark which spans 46 countries, hit its highest level ever according to Reuters, after major indices on Wall Street already scored fresh records on Wednesday night, despite stocks across Europe inching lower. "Across the broad landscape, global data has been looking really impressive and a lot of indicators have been looking really strong," Nandini Ramakrishnan, a global market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management told The...

Trump
Trump's War with Intelligence Agencies Escalates Dangerously

The ongoing clash between President Donald Trump and the Intelligence Community appears to be reaching a dangerous crescendo with a pair of reports out Thursday morning that suggest unsustainable levels of mistrust and acrimony between the White House and the agencies charged with keeping the country safe. Intelligence officials have begun holding back information in the daily briefing Trump is supposed to receive about threats to national security, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report stresses that the information being kept from Trump is related to the sources and methods used to gather intelligence, not about the actual threats themselves.

Market Report: Lancashire Holdings has best ever day on market as numbers leave forecasts in the shade
Market Report: Lancashire Holdings has best ever day on market as numbers leave forecasts in the shade

Insurer Lancashire Holdings notched up its best day on the stock market as shares surged on better-than-expected annual results. The FTSE 250 company managed to blow analyst forecasts out of the water for the final three months of the year despite turbulence in the industry. UBS analysts had pencilled in a sharp fall, but admitted the result had come in about $20 million, or 64%, higher than they expected as Lancashire "side-stepped some of the larger losses in the market".

Snapchat slashes valuation by billions ahead of stock market flotation
Snapchat slashes valuation by billions ahead of stock market flotation

The owner of Snapchat has set the valuation on its initial public offering at between between $16.2bn and $18.5bn (£13bn - £14.8bn), significantly below expectations of between $20bn and $25bn, the BBC has reported. It could be the biggest technology IPO since Alibaba raised a record $25bn in 2014. Snap is the first US social-media company to go public since Twitter debuted more than three years ago.

Exclusive: Big U.S. banks to push for easing of money laundering rules
Exclusive: Big U.S. banks to push for easing of money laundering rules

By Joel Schectman, Karen Freifeld and Brett Wolf WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - America's largest banks are to propose a complete overhaul of how financial institutions investigate and report potential criminal activity, arguing that rules imposed in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and strengthened during the Obama administration are onerous and ineffective, sources said. The Clearing House, a trade association representing the largest U.S. banks including Goldman Sachs , JPMorgan Chase & Co and Bank of America , has long raised concerns about the effectiveness of the current rules, but this will be the first time the group has publicly called for them to be revamped....

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